Trinity Laban recognised some familiar faces amongst the winners of the Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards 2015.
Presented by Arlene Philips CBE at The Place on 25 January, the ceremony showcased some of the biggest names on the UK dance scene, as well as some exciting fresh talent.
Among the winners were Trinity Laban alumnus Sir Matthew Bourne OBE, whose company New Adventures took home the gong for Outstanding Company. Founded by Bourne and his co-director, Robert Noble, the company have been performing Bourne’s thrilling works since 2002, many of which have become household names. Most recently, the company presented Mr. Wonderful: A Celebration of Jonathan Ollivier’s Life in Dance, in memory of renowned company dancer Jonathan Ollivier.
In an extraordinary display of talent, New Adventures’ performers featured among the nominees in several other categories. Zizi Strallen received a nomination in the category of Outstanding Female Performance (Modern) for her role as Lana in The Car Man, Bourne’s reinvention of Bizet’s Carmen. For Outstanding Male Performance (Modern), Dominic North also received a nomination, acknowledging his star turn in Bourne’s adaptation of Tim Burton’s Edward Scissorhands.
Nominated alongside Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures in the category of Outstanding Company was Candoco Dance Company. Perhaps one of the UK’s most renowned integrated dance companies, its Artistic Co-Directors Stine Nilsen and Pedro Machado are both alumni of Trinity Laban.
In addition, Trinity Laban congratulates Wayne McGregor CBE on his win for Woolf Works (pictured) in the category of Best Classical Choreography. Following a partnership with the conservatoire in 2013, McGregor was awarded Professor of Choreography at Trinity Laban in 2014, and has received numerous awards as Artistic Director of his company Wayne McGregor | Random Dance.
Imagery: Tristram Kenton